Monthly Archives: July 2007

Exciting News

I’m excited to announce that I’ve accepted a position at ECNext. I will be responsible for the SEO of some very large websites including Manta, AccessMyLibrary, Goliath and approx 40 other sites. Each contain many millions of pages so optimizing them is going to be fun and very rewarding. These sites have huge growth potential and I’m excited to be working alongside some very bright individuals.

Large scale website optimization is very different to regular SEO, although many of the same principals still apply. As time goes by, I hope to post about some of these issues here.

I’ve very much enjoyed working for Pittsburgh Internet Consulting and helping the company grow, but unfortunately this was an opportunity too good to miss. I wish them all the best in future, they’re a solid whitehat shop with a top notch crew.

This move also means that I will have to give up the badges for my Google AdWords Professional Qualification and the recent Microsoft adExcellence program, since they’re tied more to the client, than the person who took the test.

This also happens to be my one thousandth post on SEOrefugee, since my blog posts are also syndicated to the forum via RSS.

Over the next couple of weeks posts are going to be scarce as I wrap up things in Pittsburgh and move the family out to Columbus, OH.

Microsoft adExcellence Membership

Reuben Yau - Pittsburgh Internet Consulting - Microsoft AdExcellence Member
David Naylor recently reported that the new Microsoft AdCenter accreditation program will be named Microsoft adExcellence. Searchengineland reported that it’s going to be available later this year, however, I was able to join the pilot program running from June 29th to July 20th. The testing is done online by, just like the Google AdWords Professional qualification. You’re tested on your knowledge of pay per click marketing and specifically Microsoft AdCenter features, functionality and policies. The test contains 50 questions and is scheduled to last an hour, although I completed mine in about 30 minutes.

I believe I am one of the first people to have completed and passed the test, so I’m able to proudly display this new badge.

Controlling Calls With Grandcentral

I’m not as brave as Robert Scoble to post my cell on this blog, but Grandcentral provides users (and myself) with a nice alternative. I decided to participate in the beta for Grandcentral and signed up just prior to the Google acquisition. It has a range of really neat features such as:

  • Choose a unique Grandcentral number which you can choose to publish or not
  • Different ring tones for different groups of contacts
  • Different announcements
  • Access voicemail through a web interface
  • Choose which phone (cell, home, office, etc) you want to receive inbound calls
  • Set up rules for groups of users so they can or cannot call certain phones
  • Ability to screen calls by sending them all to voicemail
  • SPAM filter to automatically block or screen calls
  • Email/SMS notification of new voicemails
  • * email forwarding
  • Webcall button so people can call you from your website

Here’s a video demonstrating some of the features by the founders:

The beta program has now moved to invitation only although I started with 5 invites, I now only have 3 left. If you’d like an invite, give me a nice, juicy (that’ll appear in technorati) link and send me a quick message. How’s that for linkbait? ;-)